Iran's Initiative to Settle Karabakh Dispute Submitted to Azeri President
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi presented his country's proposed initiative to settle the Karabakh dispute between Baku and Yerevan to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev.
During the meeting which was held in Baku late on Wednesday, Araqchi delivered Iran’s proposed initiative to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Aliyev pointed to month-long military conflict between his country and Armenia, saying that Azerbaijan will liberate its lands from occupiers and establish the standards of international law and justice there.
Referring to the two-day missile attack by Armenian forces on the city of Barda in the Azerbaijan Republic, he said that 21 civilians were killed and more than 70 wounded in today's (Wednesday) attack.
He also accused Armenia of violating ceasefire agreements.
Araqchi, for his part, said that Iran has always opposed the occupation of the territories of the Azerbaijan Republic and has supported the territorial integrity of this country.
After the meeting, Araqchi described his consultation with the Aliyev as positive and constructive, and said, "Today, in a long positive and constructive meeting, I presented the regional plan of Iran to help end the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Upon arrival in Baku, Araqchi had said that ending Karabakh occupation is part of Tehran’s initiative for termination of the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Republic of Azerbaijan.
Araqchi is the special envoy of Iran to advance the country's initiative for the crisis between the two neighboring countries.
He said that as the first step the occupied territories should be liberated to advance with the other parts of settlement of disputes between Baku and Yerevan.
The official added that he will go to the regional countries that are effective in ending the conflict between Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia.
“In several stages, the initiative can lead to a lasting peace and end the conflict and occupation of the territories of Azerbaijan Republic,” he said.
“Ending the conflict and starting a dialogue with the help of influential countries with the aim of ensuring peace is another key subject of the initiative,” he said.
The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the highland region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that had been part of Azerbaijan before the Soviet Union break-up, but primarily populated by ethnic Armenians, broke out in February 1988 after the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.